Oxford and Cambridge Universities Day Tour from London

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Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”, whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote “Alice in Wonderland” here.

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Duration: 10 hours
Starts: Greater London, United Kingdom
Trip Category: Day Trips & Excursions >> Day Trips



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Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”, whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote “Alice in Wonderland” here.

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Stop At: University of Oxford, University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD England

Our fantastic full-day trip to Cambridge and Oxford begins in Oxford, also known as The City of Dreaming Spires. Find out why as you enjoy a walking tour of the city with your expert tour guide, who will bring the history of this beautiful city to life.

Along the way, you will see architecture from every period in English history, from early Saxon right the way through to Gothic Revival. This eclectic mix of buildings is unique to Oxford, as it is the only place in the country where you’ll find structures from every period in English history.

Oxford is, of course, also home to the University of Oxford, the oldest University in the English-speaking world with origins dating back to the 11th century.

In Christ Church college, you will be visiting one of the University’s most prestigious colleges. Founded by Henry VIII in 1532, Christ Church also functions as the UK’s smallest cathedral.

Its beautiful architecture has seen it featured in movies such as Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, while it has also inspired replicas around the world. The famous dining hall, for example, has been reproduced in Cornell University & the University of Chicago.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Christ Church, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP England

Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Christ Church is a joint foundation of the college and the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, which serves as the college chapel and whose dean is ex officio the college head.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: King’s College Chapel, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST England

King’s College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Formally The King’s College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, the college lies beside the River Cam and faces out onto King’s Parade in the centre of the city.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Bodleian Library Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG England

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library.

Stop At: University of Cambridge, The Old Schools Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TS England

Our next stop is the city of Cambridge, the location of the University of Oxford’s ancient and historic rival, the University of Cambridge.

Founded in 1209, it is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Learn about the history and origins of the university, which was founded, ironically, by a group of rebel Oxford Scholars.

Situated next to the River Cam lies King’s College, a stunningly beautiful example of medieval Gothic architecture. Founded by Henry VI in 1441, its fan vault ceiling is the largest in the world. Walk in the footsteps of famous alumni that include Alan Turing – the brilliant WW2 codebreaker – Oliver Cromwell and Charles Darwin.

Construction on the college chapel began in 1446 and took almost 70 years to complete. Today, it is home to a world-famous choir that broadcasts to millions of listeners all over the globe every year on Christmas Eve.

A city renowned for its unique, ornate buildings and culture, Cambridge is a historic city full of character. You’ll see the best that Cambridge has to offer on a walking tour of the city with your expert guide.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: The River Cam, Cambridge England

The River Cam (/ˈkæm/) is the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England. After leaving Cambridge, it flows north and east into the Great Ouse to the south of Ely at Pope’s Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to the North Sea at King’s Lynn: The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 mi (64 km) and is navigable for punts, small boats, and rowing craft.

Pass By: Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College, Cambridge England

The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge, England is a covered bridge at St John’s College, Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college’s Third Court and New Court. The architect was Henry Hutchinson.



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